Talk Nation Radio for July 2, 2008
Dahr Jamail on Iraq, infants with birth defects born at Fallujah Hospital, US and Israeli Policy toward Iran, and US Presidential Race
Is this 2008 or 2003? The latest increase in U.S. propaganda is forboding and familiar.
Produced by Dori Smith at WHUS, a Pacifica Affiliate at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT
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Dahr Jamail is author of 'Beyond the Green Zone, Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq.' He is working on a second book about US GI Resistance Movement. Dahr's first book has become internationally recognized and he has won several prestigious awards including the 2008 Martha Gelhorn Award for Journalism, the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism and four Project Censored Awards.
We discuss the headlines on Iraq including reports from Reuters that the Sunni bloc is close to rejoining the cabinet.
The US corporate media claims it's mostly good news out of Iraq, and now they say the Iraqi Military is successful.
The US guided oil deal is beginning to be implemented.
Iran remains in the cross hairs as the US and Israeli right continue to press on with their goal of an attack prior to the time when George W. Bush leaves office.
And there is another report from Iraq's health ministry claiming civilian casualties are down but US deaths are up. Dahr explains that attacks continue and he offers his thoughts on the numbers.
Plus what do the Iraqi people say about the potential for change with either John McCain or Barack Obama?
And what about the potential for long term change in US policy in the MidEast such as the full spectrum dominance plan?
Dahr Jamail writes for Inter Press Service, Le Monde Diplomatique, and many other outlets and is a special correspondent for Flashpoints, investigative radio produced at KPFA in Berkley, CA. You can find his work online at http://www.dahrjamailiraq.com His stories have also been published with The Nation, The Sunday Herald in
Scotland, Al-Jazeera, the Guardian, Foreign Policy in Focus, the Independent and other publications. He reports for Democracy Now! and has appeared on the BBC and NPR. He has reported on Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.